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[Short but sweet] Princess of mini dramas, Kim Seul-gi


Splish Splash Love

By RamyunIsTheName

Hello everyone. I know we were supposed to talk about mini dramas and drama specials, but I am here to expand on that idea by not just giving you my favorite mini dramas but also my favorite mini drama actor… Kim Seul-gi.

Now, I know you may all be saying, “RamyunIsTheName, I’ve seen your track record and in almost every single post you make, you find a way to talk about Kim Seul-gi. What’s up with you?” The answer is simple… I’m in love with her (duh). With that cleared up and out of the way, I want to share my unbiased opinion on why Kim Seul-gi has a track record of excellence.

Splish Splash Love has to be the most popular drama–to date–that Kim Seul-gi has starred in as a main character. It is a story that is as old as time, but with that certain Kim Seul-gi flare that fans have come to expect.


Splish Splash Love

In the drama, Kim Seul-gi plays Jang Dan-bi, a high school senior struggling through life; trying to find out exactly who she is and what she’s good at. She’s on the cusp of adulthood and scared senseless without a purpose or goals for the future. One fateful day, she’s on her way to take the biggest exam of her high school life when she’s transported to Joseon-era Korea where she meets King Yi Do.

As Dan-bi tries to find her place in this story, and save the kingdom and herself from certain ruin, there are all sorts of antics. Along the way she finds love, but more importantly she starts to understand her strengths and who she is as a person.

The drama in description sounds daunting but something about the way Kim Seul-gi acts out her character brought life and joy into the role. It makes it very hard not to fall for her! This drama could have become hackneyed and just another cliched time travel drama, but it became a fan favorite due to how well the actors played their parts (along with great writing and directing, of course).


Queen of the Ring

The next mini drama series where Kim Seul-gi shone would be Queen of the Ring costarring Ahn Hyo-seop. In that drama, she plays Mo Nan-hee–a college student who comes from a lineage of “ugly” women. She hates her face and wants to make the school heartthrob, Park Se-gun (Ahn Hyo-seop), fall for her. Her mother gives her a magic ring that’s been passed down for generations to help her fulfill her wishes. This ring has the power to turn the wearer into their crush’s ideal woman. Calamity ensues when Nan-hee finds out that when she wears the ring, in Se-gun’s eyes, she turns into Nan-hee’s gorgeous best friend.

Nan-hee now has to find a way to make Se-gun fall for her as just her normal “ugly” self. The story itself touches on heavy things including anxiety, self-esteem, and societal pressures to look beautiful. Even with all that, the drama is so artfully done that every point lands on its target and pulls right on the heartstrings while also making you laugh and cringe.

My last favorite isn’t a mini drama per se, but it was cut short so I’ll include it here: Surplus Princess. Yes, even with its shortened run it’s technically longer than most mini dramas (it had ten episodes) but since it was cut short we’re not letting it fall through the cracks. It was also the drama that officially introduced me to Kim Seul-gi after SNL: Korea so I’m rolling with it.


Surplus Princess

Now, Surplus Princess wasn’t technically written around Kim Seul-gi but she stood out so much that the story might as well have been only about her. Kim Seul-gi masterfully took on the role of character Ahn Hye-young, a mukbang prodigy who dreams of becoming an actress. As the most insightful member of Surplus Boarding house, she’s the first person to notice that Jo Boa’s character is actually a mermaid in search for the love of her life. Seul-gi’s portrayal of Hye-young was a shining point in the drama. Hye-young was a dedicated and quirky new age woman who was proud of her abilities–and tough enough to dominate the boys. Plus we all know that we came for Song Jae-rim’s abs, but stayed for Kim Seul-gi and Nam Joo-hyuk’s romance.

Honestly, that’s what’s so great about Kim Seul-gi and what she does with her characters in these mini drama series. She brings a lesson to whatever she does, whether it’s learning to embrace the future or learning to embrace yourself. Her work helps you to laugh and cringe in secondhand embarrassment and in that way you connect with her and learn how to connect with yourself. To be able to teach a lesson and connect with someone in only a handful of episodes is a talent. That talent is what separates Kim Seul-gi from the rest. It’s why she needs to be crowned princess of mini dramas.


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I love Kim Seulgi. I first watched her and loved her on Discovery of Romance with Eric Moon and Jung Yumi. But Splash Splash Love really cinched the deal for me. She's one of my very favorite actors and I'm always always looking forward to her next project.

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She's golden. I ❀ her so.

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She was my favorite character in Surplus Princess and her romance was NJH was so cute, but Splash Splash Love was a whole other level of chemistry and I need a reunion of that couple in another sageuk. She knows how to sing to boot, and it's a shame she isn't leading more works.

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their chemistry my god!!!!!! x__x

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Because I'm determined to make beanies fall in love with KBS Drama Special as hard as I am, let me present to you another of Kim Seul-gi's mini drama project. I'm Dying Soon is an old 2014 one-eps drama. One of the quirkiest and cutest love story I've watched, and despite the age difference, Kim Seul-gi and Oh Jung-se positively sparking with chemistry.

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i usually hate age differences like a lot like so much i must put a disclaimer, but i loved that special. something abou thtem together.

she also has this one called 'the diary as a resentful woman' and there are no eng subs but she and her mans look good together so i've watched it mult times!

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Lol, thanks for mentioning "The Diary of a Resentful Woman," which I didn't even know existed... and which resulted in my spending all morning searching desperately for English subs. I see it's on youtube but unsubbed, the same as most other sites, save for some that have Indonesian subs. No eng subs, though, even on subscene. 😒

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oh my god i did the same exact thing after i replied to you! i searched for hours even tried to torrent it where the subs were allegedly by this one user but it wouldnt budge at all. it's a shame bc it's been yrs but ive seen it often enough...to kinda know the story...

SMH

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i miss her so much. all the best parts of shows are her. even oh my ghost i'm in love with jjs and the idea of seulgi together. i've sat through all her dramas except lookout at this point.

i think she's grown with every role and idk what it is about her but she has this major chemistry with people. she may be small but she dominates.

omfg surplus princess romance >>>

splash splash love is a whole other caliber i love that minidrama. they were so in love. she's really talented and versatile i hope she takes on more roles an gets a lead soon

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She had a great chemistry with Key in Lookout. Oh My Ghostess wacky Kim Seul Gi is pure gold - shining brightly, holding chosen jewels together in beautiful harmony.

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truuuue! She's in The Lookout !!
Now, I'll be truthful: that is pretty much the show where I fell in admiration for Kim Young-Kwang, so I might have been a little distracted but... tee hee

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u know i wouldnt have thot they worked but i can see it bc she bringss fire!!! i spoiled myself for it tho :( but yea yea yeaaaa ia

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Lookout is PERFECT!

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why did i spoil myself for the eeend

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It's okay. I have rewatched it 5 times already knowing the end.

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Thanks for writing your article on Kim Seul-Gi! She's my happy pill. Loved her in Splish Splash Love and Oh My Ghostess. Did you see her on Happy Together with Kang Ha Neul?!? Watch it. She shows off her many charms (she's funny, she sings, she dances) and there's definite interest btw her and Kang Ha Neul. *squees inside. When I need a pick me up I'll watch that or a video of her dancing with either Jay park or Ahn Hyo-Seop.

@gadis Thanks for the recommendation! I'm off to watch now!

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I too love kim seul gi. she is such a fantastic actor. it is so sad though she is so talented ,she has not still got that lead actress status and stars in so few dramas. but the most annoying thing is she is mostly given "ugly " girl role. I really find her so beautiful, it just pains me to see her in such roles . I want her to do beautiful rom com without any comments on the looks.

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I don't understand how she can be considered "ugly" by a n y standards either! :-(

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yes, I too find her so beautiful. And she is such an amazing actress!

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@feranmi101,
Thank you for this ode to Kim Seul-gi. I always look forward to watching her in a drama, she is so multi talented! I hope that we can see more of her, with her sparkling wit and excellent acting skills.
And the screen shots you chose are the best!

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I watched Lookout just for her. Well, her and Key.

She's an amazing actress who's often quirky, but in a different way in each drama.

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Oh, Kim Seul Giiiiiiiiiiiii ! My favourite korean golden germ!! Did you see her in I Live Alone? She's very talented, sweet and organised. She would become a ballerina if she'd chosen that part but she loves acting soooo much. It's pitty that she's not considered a beauty by korean standards. Looking forward to her next project. Thanks @gadis and @boughtabride for your recommendations. 😊

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I think you can call her a Cameo Princess, too

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Thank you for this cute essay, RamyunIsTheName @feranmi101 !
I looooove her!

I first noticed and fell in love with her in Flower Boy Next Door where she was the over-tired manwha editor. She always got me laughing. She's the only thing I remember of an otherwise mediocre Park Shin Hye rom-com... (don't kill me please, Park Shin Hye fans!!)

Then I saw her in Oh My Ghost as the Lust-filled virgin ghost, and I can't lie, while I also really liked Park Bo-Young's character, I was really sad when it finally became clear that our favourite ghost would be relegated to the very sidelines. :-(

Splish Splash Love was soooo good! I'm glad she got a chance to shine as the main female character! I tried Queen of the Ringbut was so put off by the premise that I couldn't go past 2 eps. Oh well, no regrets. I did watch some of her best scenes in The Idle Mermaid on Youtube and... can someone give her the main female role again, please?! JEBAL!!!!

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Maybe next season of Waikiki...

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I easily melt of 2nd hand embarrassment and have thus never watched Waikiki... ha ha ha

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I was also frustrated with the premise of Queen of the ring but I had loved her pairing with ahn hyo seop in splash splash love.( I think im the minority ). for the love of their otp Icompletely watched QotR.

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no shame in that! Good for you, chingu!
*beanie finger hearts*

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The things we do for love
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Oh My Ghost was the first thing I saw her in and I was so gutted when I realised that she wasn't going to be the main character. (This was early in my kdrama watching days when I didn't know any better). I'm glad that I wasn't the only one!

I also loved her cameo in Kill Me, Heal Me so funny.

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she was in that? oh my!! I'll have to find a clip on youtube

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I'm pretty sure it was in the first episode.

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The problem I had with Oh My Ghost is that I was left feeling that the hero did not end up with the person he actually fell in love with...

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yup!

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Please read my February post....

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We love her! Who doesn't?! *takes out tiny pitchforks*

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I love her so much I made her the 2nd lead in one of my Manhwas. https://ktoonsbyfox.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/convenience-store-vampire/ Sadly, no producer picked up the option to make this a real drama. (But I can dream.)

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I'm still extremely bitter about how the writer/director ended Surplus Princess but in honor of your post I just watched another Kim Seul-gi drama "I'm Dying Soon". Overall a cute Drama Special.

I also liked Splash Splash Love and Kim Seul-gi was great in Flower Boy Next Door (too bad that drama lost stream in the last few episodes).

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*adds Queen of the Ring to my list*

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I just want to crown her for being amazing, but yes she's done some great short dramas. Thank you for this ode to a wonderful actress!

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